Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ok hows this for ironic

so i just got my monster computer up and running, and im installing all my programs and games and whatnot.

well it turns out, some of my games are so old and crappy they wont even RUN on a 64 bit system.. cause i just got win7 too..

so wow, i upgrade to a new pc and cant even play my old favorites!! HA!

at least it runs sims 3 like a beast XD

are your holiday decorations killing your family?

This is Part 1 of a four-part series on an asbestos-tainted insulation called Zonolite, a killer that lurks in the attics and walls of millions of homes.

WASHINGTON (Nov. 29) -- Americans living in millions of homes will soon crawl into their attics to collect their holiday decorations. With those colorful lights and ornaments could come invisible and deadly asbestos fibers that decades from now may destroy or end the lives of some of the celebrants.

For years the government has known that the attics and walls of as many as 35 million homes and businesses are insulated with Zonolite, which contains lethal asbestos-tainted vermiculite. Some medical authorities believe that people are still dying because of it.

A Killer in the Attic
Paul Kitagaki Jr. with permission of the Seattle Post-Inteligencer
Ten years ago, then EPA investigator Keven McDermott crawled through an attic in Manchester, Wash., confirming the presence of 130 bags of asbestos-containing Zonolite insulation.

"Based on my experience, and my understanding of the residential and worker exposures to the asbestos in this insulation, I believe firmly that individuals are being sickened and even dying from these exposures across the country on a continuing basis," said Dr. Aubrey Miller, who was medical director for the EPA team that was sent to the remote town of Libby, Mont., in 1999 to investigate reports of hundreds of deaths and illnesses with asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

More than 400 deaths have been attributed to exposure to vermiculite in the community in which it was mined, and a litany of solid scientific studies has shown that it can kill.

Yet AOL News has documented that the government has steadfastly refused even to issue widespread warnings to the public about the dangers of a product that became a popular insulation in the 1940s and continued to be installed in U.S. homes through the 1990s.

The tale of this confirmed killer includes political intrigue, White House intervention, industry meddling and the failure of three Environmental Protection Agency administrators to act on their promises.

When asked what they've done to alert the public, EPA officials repeatedly point to the vermiculite page on the agency's website, which even many inside the agency say is inadequate. W. R. Grace & Co., which produced the vermiculite ore used in the insulation, continues to insist that the insulation is safe and presents no health risk to homeowners.

Zonolite insulation hasn't been sold for years, but experts fear its dangers may be more acute today than ever. They worry about the spread of asbestos contamination in aging homes containing this insulation. And they fear that government-funded plans to weatherize millions of homes will increase the likelihood of exposure among installers and residents.

While the threat exists all year, every year until the Zonolite is removed, experts like Miller believe the potential for exposure to the asbestos is greatest during the holidays.

He and other researchers from the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have learned from homeowners that while they may go up to their attics occasionally during the year, holidays almost always necessitate climbing the attic stairs.

Miller told AOL News that decorations, coils of lights, artificial wreaths and trees may have become the resting place for asbestos-laden dust over the years.

He said he can only imagine how much asbestos has collected in the fake trees and wreaths. But he's worried most about exposure to the younger children.

"It's particularly important to understand the risks for children who have higher breathing rates and will inhale more of the fibers," said Miller, a father of two. "Children, especially young ones, tend to spend much of their time on the floor playing with the ornaments and toys, breathing the asbestos-contaminated dust, and have many years for the asbestos fibers that lodge in their lungs to eventually cause disease."

Dangers Widespread
For decades, the Grace mine, six miles from Libby, was the source of more than 70 percent of the world's vermiculite, and geologists say almost all was heavily contaminated with an exceptionally virulent type of cancer-causing asbestos.

A Killer in the Attic
U.S.Geological Service
This shows 1,000-times magnification of needlelike asbestos fibers that contaminate the vermiculite ore from Libby, Mont. These are the same fibers released when Zonolite insulation is even gently disturbed.
No one even knows how many people with lung disease are made ill because of exposure to the tainted vermiculite because most physicians -- especially those who are not occupational medicine specialists -- rarely probe their patients beyond the traditional question of whether they'd ever worked with asbestos.

Since 1999, Miller, Chris Weis, who was EPA's lead forensic toxicologist on the Libby team, and many of their colleagues have worked closely with the victims of vermiculite and their survivors. They and other government scientists collected more evidence than they wanted showing that exposure to the asbestos in the insulation can trigger a 20-year or longer path to eventual disease and death for those who disturb and then breathe in the cancer-causing fibers.

They have fought for years to get the government to disclose the risk to home and business owners throughout the country who have no clue that they may be living with a potentially lethal product.

But they were far from alone in calling for highly publicized government warnings. Then and now, union health and safety personnel expressed concern for their members who crawl in and around attics and ceilings doing renovations and stringing telephone, television and Internet cables.

"I am amazed and appalled that nothing has happened," Joel Shufro, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, told AOL News last week.

"Given the tremendous government-funded winterization programs, we can expect exposure to workers to increase as they disturb the old asbestos-carrying insulations," he said.

It was at least eight years ago when NYCOSH -- a nonprofit coalition of 200 unions and hundreds of health and safety activists -- first pleaded for the government to pay attention.

"Failure of the government to inform workers and others who may be exposed to this hazard is incorrigible. This is a well-known, aggressive carcinogen and unless people know about it, it's a prescription for death," Shufro said.

Spreading From Libby to the Rest of U.S.

The vermiculite ore pulled from the Grace mine was laced with naturally occurring tremolite, one of the most toxic of six forms of asbestos regulated by the government.

Interviews and medical records showed that asbestos first killed miners and then their wives and children and then others just living in Libby. More than 400 deaths have been blamed on the asbestos-fouled vermiculite. Government medical testing found that more than a thousand more had signs of asbestos-related disease. But that was just among people living in and near that corner of Montana.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tracked shipments to vermiculite, used in Zonolite insulation, from Libby, Mont., to all over the world.
Andrew Schneider for AOL News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tracked shipments to vermiculite, used in Zonolite insulation, from Libby, Mont., to all over the world.
How did this dangerous product get into so many homes so far from Libby?

The government analyzed invoices and shipping papers of the massive building-products and chemical multinational. It found that Grace shipped by rail and road 15.6 billion pounds of the identical cancer-causing mineral that spawned the carnage in Libby to more than 750 plants and factories throughout North America.

There the flat, silky smooth, raw vermiculite rock went through high-temperature ovens to pop or exfoliate the ore into popcorn-weight fluff that was then bagged and sold by Grace and hundreds of home- and builder-supply outlets as insulation. Sometimes it was used in scores of other products, such as fertilzer, pool lining, garden additives, potting soil enhancers, cat litter and faux ambers for gas fireplaces.

"There are millions, likely tens of millions of homes in the United States probably contaminated with this [lethal] material. The inventories show it was pretty much distributed from coast to coast, most heavily across the tier of Northern states -- New England, the upper Midwest and the Northwest -- and in all likelihood, it's still there," toxicologist Weis said.

Agency statisticians geographically plotted sales of Libby vermiculite and showed it went into homes at least as far south as Jacksonville, Fla., and deep into the northern portions of the Canadian provinces. Sales were highest from Grace's national network of processing plants.

The threat may be even more pressing today because the potential for hazard is increasing as the homes containing this insulation age.

"They're being renovated. New wiring is being put in as the aging wiring becomes unsafe. Internet wiring and cabling is being installed in these attics, as well as exhaust fans and various type of winterization," said Weis, who is now senior toxicologist with the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.

"All of this activity -- even the most gentle action -- disturbs the asbestos, endangering not only the workers but spreading it though the homes," he added.

But even if the attics are well sealed off from the rest of the house, the EPA and its outside asbestos consultants have found asbestos-contaminated vermiculite dust seeping through wall switches, ceiling-light fixtures and fans and sometimes through the dried-out joint tape in ceilings and walls.

"If I had Zonolite in my house I would want to know it, and if I knew it, I would do everything I could to get it out of there," said Paul Peronard, who headed the EPA's cleanup of Libby.

The Pain From Zonolite
Ten years ago and about 400 miles west of Libby, Robert Parks walked into the EPA laboratory in Manchester, Wash., across Puget Sound from Seattle. He dropped off a jar of insulation from his attic and asked what it was.

Two mornings later, EPA investigator Keven McDermott was crawling over Kraft paper bags marked "Zonolite" and gathered her own sample.

Les Skramstad
Andrew Schneider for AOL News
Les Skramstad was a sweet-singing cowboy who worked just long enough at the asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine in Libby, Mont., for the tainted ore to kill him and sicken his wife and two of his children.
Earlier this month, Parks, now 83 and still surviving lung disease, told AOL News that he had sealed up every crack in the attic and was still waiting for Grace to pay to remove it.

"My lawyer just told me that I might be getting a check soon, and, if I do, I need to figure out whether I'll pay some medical bills or have the attic cleaned," Parks said.

For the next seven years, until she retired, McDermott and her EPA partner, Jed Januch, fielded calls from people who had read a story or heard something on the radio about Zonolite.

"Some just ripped your heart out," McDermott told AOL News. "A young Hispanic man called from Yakima and said that he had recently purchased an older home, and he and his wife had just had a baby.

"After reading articles about Zonolite, he realized that that's what he had in his attic and would find dust drifting from the attic onto the crib of his son.

"He was horrified that he was exposing his child to asbestos, and he didn't have the financial ability to either have it removed or to buy a new house. He was speechless and terrified," McDermott recalled.

"These are people who at least had a clue that something about their insulating was dangerous. What about the millions that have no idea at all?

"Just posting it on the agency's website is not the answer. How can EPA still be keeping this a secret?"

Politics Before Public Health

The EPA should know better.

The agency's consultants wrote detailed reports in 1982 showing that people living or working anywhere near the vermiculite ore that was mined in Libby were exposed to potentially lethal levels of the asbestos fibers that contaminated the ore.

Yet the agency did nothing then to protect the miners, the residents of Libby or the tens of thousands of people exposed to the tons of ore shipped to processing plants around the U.S. and Canada -- a fact that still mortifies many in the EPA.

This was more than 15 years before the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported the devastation caused by the ore being mined from Zonolite Mountain.

Decades later, the EPA again dropped the ball when it followed White House-issued demands that downplayed warnings of the dangers from dust and smoke after the attacks on the Twin Towers. This prompted the agency's own investigators to conclude in a January 2002 internal report: "We cannot delay releasing important public health information."

These lapses in scientific integrity and of putting politics before public health still irk many of the EPA career professionals.

Even more troublesome is the fact that the last three EPA administrators promised to issue warnings about the dangers of this unsafe attic insulation, but nothing happened.

For example, at a town hall meeting in Libby on Sept. 7, 2001, EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman said:

"We want everyone who comes in contact with vermiculite -- from homeowners to handymen -- to have the information to protect themselves and their families.

"We know that this asbestos-containing ore has been shipped almost everywhere. We know its intrinsic hazard. We will get the word out."

Whitman returned to Washington and quickly ordered that a public health emergency be declared and, with it, a nationwide warning on Zonolite insulation be prepared.

Most in the agency agreed that the provisions of the declaration would ensure more vital cleanup money for the contaminated homes in Libby and the needed medical services -- such as oxygen, which many need but cannot afford -- for the thousands sickened by asbestos diseases.

But within EPA headquarters there was strong opposition from a small but vocal group in the agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxins, who repeatedly urged that national warning about the dangers of the vermiculite insulation not be made.

In memos and internal correspondence obtained by AOL News, the dissidents called the ramifications "enormous" and said that even if the agency paid for the cleaning of only 1 million homes, it would cost more than $10 billion.

However, no one was calling for EPA to clean these homes, rather to just warn the people who lived in them of the probable danger. Whitman ordered that the announcement move ahead.

May 3, 2003, was the date set for the rollout of what the EPA press office called a "national consumer awareness campaign to provide homeowners with important information on vermiculite attic insulation which may contain asbestos."

News releases had been written, rewritten and written again. Lists of Capitol Hill lawmakers and governors to notify were complied, and all that was left to be decided was whether Whitman would make the announcement from D.C. or Libby.

It was not to happen.

Again, politics entered the picture, and the public health emergency language was stalled, then watered down and ultimately thwarted.

Documents and e-mail between the George W. Bush White House, its Office of Management and Budget and the EPA made it clear that the administration, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, did not want this declaration instituted.

The main reason, the documents showed, was that Cheney was cheerleading, if not orchestrating, the entire congressional effort to pass asbestos tort reform. Tens of thousands of lawsuits being brought against many of America's top corporations sought billions of dollars on behalf of people injured or killed from exposure to asbestos in their products or workplaces.

The law that Cheney supported, if passed, would hamper, if not decimate, the opportunity for injured workers to bring asbestos personal-injury lawsuits against the largest U.S. corporations. These included Grace, the largest automotive and chemical manufacturers, as well as Halliburton, of which Cheney formerly served as chairman and CEO.

At the time, Cheney's office refused to respond to questions the legislation, saying it didn't "comment on internal deliberations."

The bill never passed.

New Administration, Little Change
There is a tendency among some public health activists to blame the failure of EPA to let the public learn the risks they may face on Republicans. But Cheney is long gone and President Barack Obama has been in office for almost two years, and still the warning hasn't been given.

Just last year, on June 16, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Montana's U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced that Libby would finally get the long-awaited public health emergency designation and the asbestos screening, medical treatment and medication that come with it.

It was the first time anywhere in the country that a declaration was made, but the two agency heads paid only passing note of the asbestos-carrying insulation plaguing the rest of the country.

Jackson told a handful of reporters attending the briefing about the dangers that may still be lurking at the nation's hundreds of now-closed vermiculite processing sites where ore from Libby was turned into insulation.

She urged the public to "become educated."

"Just don't disturb it. Treat it like asbestos. We're just asking people to use common sense and protect themselves and their families," the EPA boss told the reporters, without any indication as to how she expected homeowners to know they could be at risk.

And again, an EPA administrator promised to make a massive and immediate effort to warn the public of the hidden hazard.

It has been 17 months since Jackson made that promise, and still there is no sign of anything beyond what's on the EPA's website.

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Miller echoes the views of many others worried about the risk, that the people, the home and business owners, who need the information probably don't read the EPA or CDC or National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health websites.

"The need to really get out to places where people congregate and to get them messages in a way that they can understand is crucial and essential in helping them to understand this material, the risks associated for themselves and their lives," said Miller, who is now a senior medical adviser for the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.

Repeated requests with EPA's press office for an interview with Jackson or anyone else who can explain the agency's refusal to warn the public of the asbestos dangers were refused.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more than a decade, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Andrew Schneider has followed the saga of the tiny town of Libby, Mont., the asbestos-tainted vermiculite that was mined there and W.R. Grace, the company that shipped the lethal ore throughout the world. Schneider broke the story while with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and followed it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Baltimore Sun. Schneider and David McCumber authored "An Air That Kills." In this four-part report, AOL News' senior public health reporter examines the government's history of neglect in informing the public about the dangers of a killer than lurks in the attics and walls of millions of homes.

Monday, November 29, 2010

ITS HERE!!!

my new puter just arrived!!!!! so ill be gone for a while while i get set up. ttyall later! XD

*happy dance*

this post is currently under construction

~leave a messege after the beep~

Saturday, November 27, 2010

i just came across something frikin awesome (by accident)

ok so i was cruisin google thinking of ideas for my comp pic, when i stumble upon THIS site BeGoths
OMG these are the coolest friggin dolls i have ever seen! i want one!! now im gonna go cruise ebay and see if i can find one! why havent i ever heard of these??

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy ThanksGiving to everyone

whether you celebrate it or not. im not much of a big 'turkey day' fan myself. but i do have things to be thankful for, and today is the day to do that.
so to all my friends out there in the simmerverse, happy thanksgiving. i hope you have a good one :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

what would YOU do?

 5 scruples questions. i love these ^_^



1. You and your ex (who you hate) are in a car, driving to a lawyer to discuss separation terms. The road is icy and he/she loses control and hits a tree. You get out of the car ok, but your ex is unconscious and still behind the wheel. The car is on fire. Do you try to pull him/her free of the car? or just sit and wait for the authorities to show up?


2. You are on your way home from work, minding your own business when you suddenly hear a thump under the car. You realize you just hit an animal. You are a block from your house, and you KNOW your daughter likes to let her dog run around outside. Do you stop and see if you might have run over your daughter's dog? Or keep going and just hope it was a raccoon?


3. You and your best friend both like the same guy. The guy confesses to you that he really likes you, and he is only using your best friend.
what do you do? Date him anyway, knowing how it will hurt your friend? TELL your friend that hes using her, hurting her? Date him in secret hoping she will never find out? Or tell him to go to hell? HONESTY HERE.


4. You are caring for an old woman. She is a nasty mean old woman, and you complain to everyone CONSTANTLY.. Everyone in town knows what a viscous mean old witch she is, and how much you hate her. One day, you show up at her house and find her murdered.
Do you call the cops? Or flee, thinking they will think you murdered her?



5. You are looking around in your basement for somthing, and you come across a rat trap.. with a rat still in it.
The rat is alive, but clearly broken. Its screaming and writing in pain. Do you put it out of its misery? Leave it to die?
Or call a vet?




im looking forward to seeing some interesting answers :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

this leaves a bad taste in my mouth

WASHINGTON – A jury found a Salvadoran immigrant guilty on Monday of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy back in 2001, when her disappearance became a national sensation.
Ingmar Guandique was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for attacking Levy while she exercised in Washington's Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Her disappearance made headlines when she was romantically linked with then-Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. Condit was once a suspect, but police no longer believe he was involved.
Investigators eventually focused on Guandique (gwahn-DEE-kay) and brought formal charges last year. Prosecutors acknowledged they had little direct evidence but said Levy's death fit a pattern of other crimes committed by Guandique in the park.
The defense argued that Guandique became a scapegoat for a botched investigation.
The jury deliberated over parts of four days before returning with a verdict shortly before noon Monday. They could have opted for a conviction of second-degree murder, but instead chose the more serious counts. Guandique could be sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison. Sentencing was set for Feb. 11.
Defense lawyer Santha Sonenberg declined comment on whether Guandique would appeal the verdict. Prosecutors said they would issue a statement later in the day.
Guandique stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, and he shook his head as he left the courtroom. As he has throughout the trial, he wore a turtleneck that covered his gang tattoos,
Levy's mother squinted and took notes during the hearing, then craned her neck to observe Guandique's reaction to the reading of the verdict.
Prosecutors Amanda Haines and Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez obtained a conviction even though they had no eyewitnesses and no DNA evidence linking Guandique to Levy. And Guandique never confessed to police. Prosecutors hung their hopes in large part on a former cellmate of Guandique, Armando Morales, who testified that Guandique confided in him that he killed Levy.
Morales said Guandique was worried about being labeled a rapist by fellow inmates if word got out that he was a suspect in the Levy case. According to Morales, Guandique admitted killing Levy as part of an attempted robbery, but said he never raped her.
The government also presented testimony from two women who were attacked by Guandique in May and July of 2001 in Rock Creek Park. In both cases, Guandique attacked the women from behind while they jogged on isolated trails but ran off after each woman fought him off.
Defense attorneys said Morales' testimony couldn't be trusted. They also pointed to DNA from an unknown male that was found on Levy's black running tights. The DNA matched neither Guandique nor Condit, and the defense said it was powerful evidence that the wrong person was on trial. Prosecutors argued the DNA was the result of contamination during the testing process.
The monthlong trial featured testimony from Condit himself, who denied any involvement in Levy's disappearance or death. But as he has for the past decade, he refused to answer whether he had an affair with Levy, saying he was entitled to some privacy. Even though defense lawyers asked him several times on cross-examination, he refused to answer and the judge never required him to do so.
In their closing arguments, the defense indirectly pointed a finger at Condit, suggesting that he acted "like a guilty man" throughout the investigation by trying to cover up his affair with Levy and refusing to answer questions to a grand jury. Prosecutors said he was simply trying to protect his reputation.
Guandique, 29, listened to the entire proceedings through headphones providing a Spanish interpretation. His legs were shackled through the trial, though that was hidden from jurors' view.




ok so, what happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? what happened to evidence? am i the only one here who thinks this guy was set up?
This whole verdict stinks and this guy is clearly a scapegoat. there is no  stronger evidence than DNA and THIS GUYS DIDNT MATCH!
justice had been raped again!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Malibu Ken Dracula and his super hot wives

Well, the launcher is being a dick AGAIN and wont let me upload these to the exchange. so i guess i have no choice but to upload it to here and hope someone sees it.
here are my lovelies. i have been working on them all day.

I was inspired by the movie Dracula 2 by Wes Craven. The Dracula character in that movie was SO not Dracula looking lol. He was a blond surfer looking dude. So i thought, hey he might be fun to make! And Dracula isnt complete with his succubus brides, luring unsuspecting victems back to the castle to feed on.
(they were NOT in the movie, i made them up)


wife number one, Illara. doncha love the atmosphere of Twinbrook?

wife number 2, Varella. already sampling the local cuisine.



and here is malibu ken dracula





sorry for the darkness of all the pics, they cant afford any lights in the house yet hahaha.

so i uploaded them all as one family, so they should all have their vampire powers and whatever skills they have collected in their short lives. They are not all in love yet. Dracula has a little thing with Varella, but not with Illara yet. and both ladies are more than willing to take a night off and go find their own date.

but i got the no jealousy thing, so all should go well. and with the mod from modthesims where you only need to say hi to a sim to bite them, im having ALOT of fun with these 3.



DOWNLOAD HERE

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

getting a tad worried/anxious

ok so the php platform that Simpletons is on is ancient. the forum has been around for like 7 years or somthing now. well i saw a link to upgrade to the newest version. so i signed up, cause i really DONT want to dump everything that i put my life into for 7 years and start over on a new site.
so, im hoping that they are going to transfer the entire forum to the new platform. that would be super awesome!!
the new platform looks really cool, and much easier to navigate and has really cool features.

now tho, i cant get to Simpletons at all. blank page.. so i dont know whats happening. maybe they are moving it, maybe somthing else happend.. i dont know..
its worrying me tho..

you know what this made me cry.... and i dont have a mailing list to pass it to

Courage.
     

You're a 19 year old kid.

You're critically wounded and dying in
the  jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands  of Viet Nam .



It's  November 11, 1967.
  
LZ (landing zone) X-ray.

Your unit is  outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so  intense, from 100 yards away, that  your CO (commanding officer) has  ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming  in.


You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns  and you know you're not getting out.

Your family is half way around the world, 12,000  miles away, and you'll never see them again.

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.

You look  up to see a Huey coming in. But ... It doesn't  seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.


He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.


Even after the MedEvacs were ordered
not to come.
He's coming anyway.


And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.

Then he  flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.


And, he kept coming back!! 13 more  times!!

Until all  the wounded were out. No one knew until the  mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.


He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.


Medal  of Honor Recipient,
Captain  Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho ..  

May God Bless and Rest His Soul.



I bet you didn't hear about this hero's
passing,  but we've sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods and the bickering of congress over Health Reform.


Medal of  Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman


Shame on the American media !!!



Now ... YOU pass this along to YOUR
mailing list.  Honor this real American.
 

Please.

Monday, November 15, 2010

:(

i know im just being a big baby, but i want my game back :(
its not the same playing on my BFs pc...
i dont have my familie,s my towns, my stuffs... its like.. alien..
*pout*

neat info about the 1 dollar bill

Who Was Haym Solomon?
History from a $1 Bill-Fascinating! Read all the way to the bottom to know about Haym Solomon


   On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took those four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.   
If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid
.

 
Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the Capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.
 

'IN GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.
The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, 'God has favored our undertaking.' The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, 'a new order has begun.' At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)
 
If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National   Cemetery in the United States. It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the  Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery , and is the centerpiece of most heroes' monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean..


The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle's beak you will read, 'E PLURIBUS UNUM' meaning, 'from many - one.'
Above the Eagle, you have the thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.
 
Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and Arrows.  This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.
   They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this: 
13 original colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence   ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the Pyramid,
13 letters in 'Annuit Coeptis,'
13 letters in 'E Pluribus Unum,'
13 stars above the Eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the
olive branch,
13 fruits, and if you look closely,
13 arrows. 
And finally, if you notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle you will see that they are arranged as a Star of DavidThis was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal reward for his services to the Continental Army, Solomon said he wanted  nothing for himself but that he would like something for his people. The Star of David was the result. Few people know that it was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial contributions but died a pauper. Haym Solomon gave $25 million to the Continental Army, money that was extremely important to our independence from  England  .
I always ask people, 'Why don't you know this?' Your children do NOT know this, and their history teachers do NOT know this. Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade. Many veterans remember coming home to an America that did NOT care. Too many veterans never came home at all.. 
I, for one, plan to share this page with everyone, so that they can learn what is on the back of the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for!



Friday, November 12, 2010

im so upset

so my computer died this morning.. my brand new, only a year old, just upgraded to a super duper video card computer is DEAD. this is the SECOND time now we turned it on and it went kaput. note to self, NEVER BUY AN ACER AGAIN.

what a piece of shit. ive spend nearly (and probably more) like 1000 dollars on this dam thing all together just to have to buy ANOTHER computer.

like i have that kinda money! im going to have to dip into the small inheritance that my brother left me to get a new pc. and if that shit wasnt bad enough, i lost all my sims AGAIN.

all my towns, my legacy family, my cc, everything. i didnt upload a recent version of my family either, so i cant start up where i left off, like LAST time when my pc died.

MOTHERFRAKER!!!

im so pissed off i can hardly see strait

Friday, November 5, 2010

Your Weekly Horror-Scope

yes its been a while (the pic uploaded on blogger was broken) but its back with a vengence. yes, your weekly HORROR-SCOPE is here!


 Today you might be a bit worried about your financial affairs, Aquarius. A past mistake could have led to some rather upsetting consequences. I guess that one night stand wasnt on the pill after all. Now the child support lawyers are hounding you. Last time you do jello shots with a stranger.




This isn't a good day to be out and about, because travel of any kind could pose problems.  You might miss the bus, or The trains could be late. Or you could get a cabbie whos on crystal meth and just got dumped by his tranny girlfriend and he just HAS to take it out on somebody.




Too much running around might have you feeling exhausted and under the weather today, Cancer. Relax a little. Your not everyones errand boy, after all.  Unless of course, that IS in fact your job title. If thats the case, ill take a coffee, light and sweet. chop chop.



Short visits in your neighborhood could catapult you into some negative situations, Capricorn. Hopefully they arent filming COPS anywhere near your town, because you will have your fill of domestic situation, and drunken yahoos before the night is over. Better it not be splattered all over the TV as well.



This isn't a good day to go to lunch with co-workers. Bunch of gossiping two faces.  The more time you spend with those people the more they repulse you. Your better off taking lunch under a tree. Even if it IS 12 degrees outside.


You could feel extremely passionate today, Leo. You might want to connect with a love partner but be prevented by circumstances. Like that bulletproof glass in the county jail. Why o why cant they just let you have one little kiss? Its not like she smuggled a lockpick in her mouth this time.



Stay close to home today, Libra. I hear there is a cabbie loose with a meth problem. Hes been taking Aries hostages. Just in case you look like an Aries, best to avoid travel.


Your physical energy is very high today, Pisces.  Your the spastic type who is always bouncing around everywhere. Im getting tired just watching you. Did you eat all your halloween candy in one day??




Sagittarius, check your house to make certain everything is in working order. Today you may find a few small things here and there might need a little adjusting. Doorknobs may be loose, paint may be peeling a little. Just dont go all super OCD and check the oven knobs 6 times in a row....... again.




Money matters might take a turn for the worse today. Don't fly off the handle because of this, Scorpio. Cause we know how much you LOVE doing that. Really, its ok to let a few things slide now and then. I dont think locking little Jimmy in the basement because he flushed your credit card down the toilet, is an appropriate way to deal with a toddler.




If a friend or acquaintance gives you advice about money or investments today, don't take it. Goodness knows all your friends are idiots. Why would you take ANY advice from them? Those knuckle scraping dunderheads? They should be listening to YOU! Maybe you should write a book... I know EVERYTHING by I.M. Taurus.. yeah...



 Electrical or plumbing problems with your house might come up. Call a professional, Virgo. Please, PLEASE dont try to fix it yourself. Ever see what happens to a body as it falls off a roof into a BBQ pit? its not pretty.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cure for the common cold? well, yeah maybe!

By Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Scientists say they've made a groundbreaking discovery that could lead to a cure for an ailment affecting us all: the common cold.

Researchers in the U.K. say they've proven for the first time that the body's own immune system is capable of killing the cold virus after it has already penetrated a human cell, according to a new study cited by the Independent.

If their claims hold up, it could pave the way for the invention of a new class of anti-viral drugs that would bolster the cells' natural ability to destroy viruses, the paper said. Those drugs could be ready for clinical trials within two to five years.

"Obviously this is of great interest to anyone who suffers from the common cold, which is pretty much everyone," Dr. Cliff Bassett, the medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, told AOL Health. "If this can be done safely and cost-effectively, they've got a home run. But it remains to be seen."

Many respiratory infections lead to sinus infections and other bacterial ailments. And those already suffering from allergies and asthma would benefit from a common cold cure since their symptoms are often triggered by colds and other respiratory illnesses, Bassett said.

The findings could also aid in the fight against other viral illnesses including norovirus and rotavirus, which can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, according to the scientists.

Previous theories have suggested that viruses are so deadly, claiming twice as many lives as cancer, because they can invade the body's cells and "hide" from its natural immune defenses, then wreak havoc by accosting the cells and infecting them.

"In any immunology textbook you will read that once a virus makes it into a cell, that is game over because the cell is now infected. At that point there is nothing the immune response can do other than kill that cell," lead researcher Leo James, of Cambridge's Laboratory of Molecular Biology, told the Independent.

But the British researchers say that explanation has shortcomings. Experiments at the U.K.'s Medical Research Council revealed that the immune system's antibodies actually recognize the intruding viruses, ride piggyback with them into the cells and then unleash an attack on them.

The antibodies are detected by a protein in the cell called TRIM21, which produces a potent virus-busting mechanism that is capable of eradicating the virus within two hours, according to James -- well before it takes over and infects the cell.

"This is the last opportunity a cell gets because after that it gets infected and there is nothing else the body can do but kill the cell," he told the paper. "The antibody is attached to the virus and when the virus gets sucked inside the cell, the antibody stays attached, there is nothing in that process to make the antibody to fall off."

Scientists had believed that immune antibodies only worked when they were completely outside the cells, while they were in the bloodstream or other bodily fluids.

"The beauty of it is that for every infection event, for every time a virus enters a cell, it is also an opportunity for the antibody in the cells to take the virus out," said James. "That is the key concept that is different from how we think about immunity. ... It's certainly a very fast process. We've shown that once it enters the cell it gets degraded within an hour or two hours."

The researchers used human cell cultures. The next step is to perform a study on animals with the hopes of reproducing the findings so that a clinical trial with people will be approved.

"It's promising, but we can't speculate without clinical trials," Bassett said. "I think it's premature to have any joy or jump up and down about a drug to get rid of common colds."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010